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A Concise History of Austria

Beller, Steven (Book - 2008)
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"For a small, prosperous country in the middle of Europe, modern Austria has a very large and complex history, extending far beyond its current borders. Today's Austrians have a problematic relationship with that history, whether with the multi-national history of the Habsburg Monarchy, or with the time between 1938 and 1945 when Austrians were Germans in Hitler's Third Reich. Steven Beller's comprehensive account traces the career of Austria through its many transformations, from German borderland, to dynastic enterprise, imperial house, Central European great power, failed Alpine republic, German province, and then successful Alpine republic, building up a picture of the layers of Austrian identity and heritage and their diverse sources. It is a story full of anomalies and ironies, a case study of the other side of European history, without the easy answers of more clearly national narratives, and hence far more relevant to today's world."--BOOK JACKET.
Authors: Beller, Steven, 1958-
Title: A concise history of Austria
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2008
Characteristics: xv, 334 p. :,ill., maps ;,23 cm
Contents: Introduction
1. The eastern march, to 1439. Before Austria, to 1000. The Babenbergs, 1000-1278. Enter the Habsburgs, 1278-1439.
2. AEIOU, 1439-1740. Universal monarchy, 1439-1556. The bastion of Christendom, 1521-1648. The establishment of the Habsburg monarchy, 1648-1740.
3. Countering reform, 1740-1866. The enlightened state, 1740-1792. The legitimate empire, 1792-1848. The challenge of progress, 1848-1866.
4. Empire on notice, 1866-1918. The compromised monarchy, 1866-1879. Austria transformed, 1879-1908. An empire falls apart, 1908-1918.
5. The land without qualities, 1918-1945. The orphan republic, 1918-1927. Culture wars, 1927-1938. The Hitler time, 1938-1945.
6. Austria, Inc., from 1945. Breaking free, 1945-1955. Getting rich, 1955-1970. Island of the blessed, 1970-1985. Backing into the future, 1985 onwards.
Conclusion
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Summary: "For a small, prosperous country in the middle of Europe, modern Austria has a very large and complex history, extending far beyond its current borders. Today's Austrians have a problematic relationship with that history, whether with the multi-national history of the Habsburg Monarchy, or with the time between 1938 and 1945 when Austrians were Germans in Hitler's Third Reich. Steven Beller's comprehensive account traces the career of Austria through its many transformations, from German borderland, to dynastic enterprise, imperial house, Central European great power, failed Alpine republic, German province, and then successful Alpine republic, building up a picture of the layers of Austrian identity and heritage and their diverse sources. It is a story full of anomalies and ironies, a case study of the other side of European history, without the easy answers of more clearly national narratives, and hence far more relevant to today's world."--BOOK JACKET.
ISBN: 0521478863
9780521478861
0521473055
9780521473057
Statement of Responsibility: Steven Beller
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Austria History
LCCN: 2007295319
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